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Scolopendra spp.

  • Centipedes are arthropods that have a set of legs per body segment.
  • The number of legs a centipede has greatly differs depending on the subspecies.
  • Some centipedes have over 300 legs.
  • They are mostly nocturnal.
  • They are usually carnivorous.


Centipedes of a lot of legs! Some subspecies have around 30 legs, while others have around 300. Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs.


Centipedes have low, slender bodies with many legs, making them ideal of crawling into all sorts of crevices and places. They like to stay in dark, moist places, as they lose moisture quickly, and are nocturnal. Their venom helps them catch prey.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

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